Archive for April, 2009

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Walkden station’s architecture spotlighted

April 30, 2009

A new page has been added to our website showcasing the architectural features of the historic station.

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A message for cyclists

April 25, 2009

We kindly ask you not to use the flower beds for locking up bikes as this can only lead to damage for the plants.

To be quite honest, tucked away around the corner where the kids hang out is probably not the most secure place to leave your bike anyway.

We are in touch with GMPTE about the provision of bike lockers on the station – if this is something you’d be interested in please post a comment here so we can demonstrate interest in the proposal.

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Flower beds are blooming marvellous

April 25, 2009

Tulips are the highlights of a colourful display on the Wigan flower bed

Tulips are the highlights of a colourful display on the Wigan flower bed

The flower beds and planters have really benefited from the recent sunny weather and we now have a blaze of colour on the platforms.

We hope passengers enjoy the seasonal colour and agree it’s a great improvement on the disused dirt patches that used to be here.

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Clarification on Northern’s taxi service for disabled passengers

April 25, 2009

It’s been pointed out to us that the advice for disabled passengers on our website needed some clarification.

The taxi service that Northern provides for disabled passengers is not entirely “free” as we suggested – although the taxi fare is covered by Northern you still need a valid train ticket or pass for the journey you’re making.

We’d be interested to hear from anyone who’s used this service to/from Walkden … how did it work out for you and would you have any advice for other disabled travellers ? Please post a comment if you’ve tried the service.

Thanks to Phil Mills for alerting us to this.

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AGM minutes available for download

April 12, 2009

The minutes of the recent FOWS Annual General Meeting are now available for download from our website.

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Spring arrives at Walkden station !

April 12, 2009

The Wigan platform bed is bursting with flowers on Easter Sunday.

Northern Rail and FOWS have been busy at the station which is now looking in great shape for the spring.

Northern have replaced the vandalised litter bin at the foot of the stairs and blocked off the pigeon loft in the ceiling which was the main cause of all the pigeon mess on the platform this year. Pigeons are still still perching in the rafters of the canopy but without the nest we hope to be past the worst of this problem. Northern also gave the platforms a scrub too as some areas had become covered in the mess.
The planters are full of spring colour with beautiful red peoris, deep green hebes, and lovely blue auretias.

For their part FOWS have been collecting the litter as usual and sprucing up the flower beds and planters.

We’ve also repainted the wooded border on the Manchester platform to make it look a bit smarter again.